- to make a loud, rattling sound, as that produced by hard objects striking rapidly one against the other: The shutters clattered in the wind.
- to move rapidly with such a sound: The iron-wheeled cart clattered down the street.
- to talk fast and noisily; chatter: They clattered on and on about their children.
- to cause to clatter: clattering the pots and pans in the sink.
- a rattling noise or series of rattling noises: The stagecoach made a terrible clatter going over the wooden bridge.
- noisy disturbance; din; racket.
- noisy talk; din of voices: They had to shout over the clatter at the cocktail party.
- idle talk; gossip.
Origin of clatter
Examples from the Web for clatter
But timing is always unpredictable, and all the clatter around the film could have swallowed up I Am Abraham.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
He threw the helmet with a clatter on to the table as if it had been the knave's canting head.Viviette
William J. Locke
He entered in the clatter of the shop bell with an air of sombre and vexed exhaustion.The Secret Agent
The clatter of crockery did not cease in the adjoining room.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
There was a clatter and rattle of speeding hoofs, which rapidly died out.
The clatter of hoofs was growing louder with each passing second.
- to make or cause to make a rattling noise, esp as a result of movement
- (intr) to chatter
- a rattling sound or noise
- a noisy commotion, such as one caused by loud chatter
Word Origin and History for clatter
late Old English clatrung "clattering, noise," verbal noun implying an Old English *clatrian, of imitative origin. Cf. Middle Dutch klateren, East Frisian klatern, dialectal German klattern. The noun is attested from mid-14c.